2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Discovery Sport and UX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The UX Series’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery Sport. But it costs extra on the UX Series.

The Discovery Sport HSE offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Discovery Sport and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Engine

The Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 68 more horsepower (237 vs. 169) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (237 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 105 more horsepower (286 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the UX Series Hybrid.

Regardless of its engine, the Discovery Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the UX Series Hybrid.

The Discovery Sport has 7.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Sport has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the UX Series:

 

Discovery Sport

Discovery Sport 286 HP

UX Series

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Discovery Sport has larger standard tires than the UX Series (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (245/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX offers optional 20-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Discovery Sport has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Discovery Sport offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the UX Series (107.9 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Passenger Space

The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the UX Series can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 6.2 inches more rear legroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery Sport’s middle row seats recline. The UX Series’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Discovery Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the UX Series.

 

Discovery Sport

UX Series

Third Seat Removed

34.6 cubic feet

21.7 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Discovery Sport with 5+2 Seating’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The UX Series doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Discovery Sport has a 4409 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Discovery Sport uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the UX Series, the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery Sport and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Discovery Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Discovery Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The UX Series F SPORT’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Discovery Sport has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The UX Series doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Both the Discovery Sport and the UX Series offer optional heated front seats. The Discovery Sport also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the UX Series.

The Discovery Sport HSE’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Land Rover Discovery Sport outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost 27 to one during 2018.

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